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Can the Two-Time Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Solve the Measurement Problem?

Robertson, Kate (2017) Can the Two-Time Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Solve the Measurement Problem? [Preprint]

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Over many years, Aharonov and co-authors have proposed a new interpretation of quantum mechanics: the two-time interpretation. This interpretation assigns two wavefunctions to a system, one of which propagates forwards in time and the other backwards. In this paper, I argue that this interpretation does not solve the measurement problem. In addition, I argue that it is neither necessary nor sufficient to attribute causal power to the backwards-evolving wavefunction ⟨Φ| and thus its existence should be denied, contra the two-time interpretation. Finally, I follow Vaidman in giving an epistemological reading of ⟨Φ|.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Robertson, Katekrobertson0706@gmail.com
Keywords: quantum mechanics; the measurement problem; time-symmetry; retrocausality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Katie Katie Robertson
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 16:39
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 16:39
Item ID: 13422
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2016.12.001
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 29 February 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13422

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